VanZant predicted McGregor would become a superstar when they first met and hailed him as a “fighting genius” as she planned to visit his Black Forge Inn pub in Ireland
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Paige VanZant has stated that she predicted Conor McGregor will become a “big star” in the UFC after meeting him for the first time.
McGregor is considered the top UFC star having fought in eight of the top ten best-selling pay-per-views in the history of the promotion.
He is currently out of action after breaking his leg in the last match against Dustin Poirier but is aiming for a comeback before the end of the year.
And VanZant believes his stardom is inevitable and has hailed the Irish star as a “combat genius”.
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“I remember meeting him and telling my dad he was a fighting genius and that he was going to be a huge star.”
VanZant will fly to Ireland to watch her husband Austin Vanderford snatch Bellator’s 275 card, where he will challenge Gegard Mousasi for the middleweight title.
She hopes to visit McGregor’s Black Forge Inn with the event taking place at Arena 3 in Dublin.
McGregor bought the bar in 2019 and it has attracted a number of celebrity visitors since his acquisition with his compliments displayed around the drinking spot.
His income has been substantial since his time in the UFC topped the Forbes rich list in 2021 with a net worth of $180 million.
The figure includes an estimated $30 million from his two battles against bitter rival Poirier along with his other income coming from the sale of a majority stake in his whiskey company. is the Right Twelve.
McGregor has tumbled in recent years, having lost three of his last four fights in the octagon with just one win over Donald Cerrone.
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He’s eyeing redemption in lightweight as he slips down to ninth in the rankings with Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson call the Irish.
However, McGregor’s manager Tim Simpson believes McGregor could return to face the winner of the title clash between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.
“Let’s see what happens in the belt wars… Aren’t you surprised?”, Simpson told Time MMA. “The thing with Conor is that he always has options.
“He’s going to have options when he’s ready and regardless of everything else going on in the division, he sells. He can fight anyone, no matter what’s said’. right’ for the division.In the end, the rules of the business and he can go into the fight for that title if he wants to.
“After that injury, it was like ‘now might be the time’ but he wants to fight again, which I’m stumped and talk about a lot about him. I don’t think it’s going to come in the summer but it’s definitely going to be some phase. This year.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/conor-mcgregor-ufc-paige-vanzant-26289106 Paige VanZant predicts Conor McGregor will be a "superstar" after the first meeting